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Reclaiming the past? : the search for political and cultural unity in contemporary Jammu and Kashmir / Vernon Hewitt

Hewitt, Vernon Marston

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ISBN 10: 0952548607 / ISBN 13: 9780952548607
Published by London : Portland, 1995
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 212 pages; viii, 212p. ,[8]p of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 25cm. Subjects: Culture conflict - India - Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir (India) - Politics and government. 1 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 226062

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Title: Reclaiming the past? : the search for ...

Publisher: London : Portland

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 212 pages; viii, 212p. ,[8]p of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 25cm. Subjects: Culture conflict - India - Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir (India) - Politics and government.

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The land of Jammu and Kashmir, renowned for its natural beauty, is a riddle: an "ancient" state with a modern and divided history; a Muslim majority area rich in Hindu values and Sufic and Buddhist Tantricism; a community composed of widely diverse cultural, religious and ethnic identities. It poses a political riddle, denoting a territorial entity whose peoples variously with to be part of India, join Pakistan, or form an independent state. Following the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, the territory has been the focus of conflict between India and Pakistan. Since 1989, it has witnessed a substantial degree of political and social violence, which has brought it forcibly to the attention of the international commuity. This study is about the people who have suffered from the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir for nearly half a century. It describes their historical and cultural background over a period of more than 3000 years as well as recalls the controversial events which led to the division of territory following the British withdrawal from India. The work also shows how political evolution in post-partition India and Pakistan has influenced their respective attitudes to the fate of Jammu and Kashmir. By examining the situation in the regional and global contexts, the volume assesses the differing attitudes of popular opinion within the territory, in the light of recent field research.

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